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Freida Lee MOCK
Korean Premiere | 2013 Sundance Film Festival / 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival Synopsis Program Note
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a young, brilliant African American woman who spoke truth to power and accuses the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of unwanted sexual advances during explosive Senate Hearings in 1991 and ignites a political firestorm about sexual harassment, race, power and politics that resonates 20 years later today. Anita is a dramatic look at the consequences to a private citizen acting out of a civic duty to \'speak truth to power.\'
Why is Anita HILL\'s testimony presented 22 years ago
still on everyone\'s lips? HILL was a promising young
lawyer working with the Supreme Court nominee
Clarence THOMAS. During THOMAS\' confirmation
process, HILL bravely revealed that she had suffered for
his sexual jokes and derogatory remarks about women
while working with him. The word \'workplace sexual
harassment\' was not familiar to the public when Hill was
called to testify at the hearings in 1991. Furthermore, as
victims\' right was still weak, she was plagued by lying
rumors after her public testimony to his unwanted jokes
such as \'hair on his coke\' when he was alone with her.
Instead of the sensational event itself Anita, however,
puts more emphasis on HILL\'s recollection of the
bitter controversy 22 years ago, namely the impact on
feminism and the civic rights movements in America.
Indeed, HILL is a heroine who dared to speak truth to
power. Why don\'t you watch Anita, especially those
who are highly educated professional women questioning
for what feminism is still necessary? HILL just went through
what you might face someday. [Sunah KIM]
Korean Premiere | 2013 Sundance Film Festival / 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival
Freida Lee MOCKFreida Lee MOCK
Freida Lee MOCK is an American filmmaker, director, screenwriter and producer. She is a co-founder of the American Film Foundation with Terry SANDERS. Her documentary, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994) won an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 1995 and Mock produced The Kennedy Center Honors biographies, which honors individuals for lifetime achievement in the performing arts - Frank SINATRA, Jimmy STEWART, Katherine DUNHAM, Virgil THOMSON, Elia KAZAN and others. The series was also a Prime-time Emmy Award Winner for Best Variety Special.